Krakow

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Solo Gay Travel Krakow

Solo Gay Travel Krakow

Krakow is a royal city and former capital of Poland. It has intense competition with Warsaw and while Warsaw is much bigger, Krakow is the most visited city in the country. The old city, Wawel hill and the former Jewish district of Kazimierz are all great spots to explore. It also boasts the biggest old market square in the country but more about that later.

It was the last city on my tour of Poland after Warsaw, Gdańsk, Sopot, Poznan and Wroclaw. I was told to keep the best for last, I’m sad to report it was best by no means. The most touristy yes but Krakow is actually my least favourite city in the country, you’ll find many reasons below. It is still a nice city which offers a lot of things to see and do.

Check out my Poland Gay Travel Guide for more details about your trip to the country.

Krakow Travel VLOG

Getting to Krakow

Krakow is very well connected to a lot of destinations, in fact, it has the cheapest available tickets at any one point co pared to other cities and a big, modern international airport, even better than the airport in Warsaw. I left using the airport which is connected to the city by train and bus both. Uber or Bolt costs around 25 PLN which is very reasonable. 

I arrived in Krakow from Wroclaw via train. The trains are frequent and very comfortable, you can find the schedule on PolRail or Intercity. (English version is a bit flakey, use the Polish version).

The main train station is located on an easy walk from the old city. The main bus station is also located adjacent to the train station.

Public Transport in Krakow

The public transport was quite annoying since the old town is completely pedestrianised. You can’t get any taxis or public transport inside, even e scooters are banned inside which one hand is great but if you use public transport it becomes annoying. Luckily most of the city is easily explorable on foot and only a few spots require the use of public transport. 

The best apps for public transport are:

Jakdojade – It is only in Polish though

Google Maps – Very good detail and live times are also available.

Bolt – you can use both e scooters and taxi through Bolt. While Uber is also available, Bolt is much cheaper.

Food in Krakow

Krakow is a metropolitan city with a lot of options when it comes to food and drinks. The city is also quite cheap in comparison to normal European standards. There are some great restaurants from milk bars to Michelin star establishments.

Check out my complete guide on Nightlife & Food In Krakow.

Is Krakow Gay Friendly? Gay Krakow

Krakow has quite a few gay and LGBT establishments. I visited during the Coronavirus times and didn’t want to risk contracting the virus, I mostly stayed away but speaking to the locals here is a snapshot of the establishments in Krakow:

Ciemnia bar – This is a bar/club with a dark room.

Na’lefka Lindo Bar – A trendy bar close to the Old Market Square. It is quite trendy but small. I really liked their lighting.

Papuga – The biggest club with a few rooms and dance floor and an outdoor area as well. It is located between Kazimierz and Old Town.

Blue XL – A cruising bar.

Twierdza – Another cruising bar.

The most popular bar in the city is Grindr with quite a few people on it. There were a few people with their faces on but a lot more without pictures. Like most touristy cities there was a bit of drug use, especially on the weekend. The thing that troubled me was the number of catfish, Krakow was really disappointing. I met another travelling who I spent most of the time exploring the city and met only one other person. I explored Krakow with a fellow Russian Spanish traveller, I hope to see you again soon in Madrid Vadim. <3

With soy Vadim

It was a lot of time-wasting going on with locals. Krakow was the most disappointing city for me gay community and scene wise. I also got some racist comments on Grindr. Oh well!

Is Krakow Expensive?

Krakow is generally expensive compared to other Polish cities if you’re in the touristy areas. It is the most touristy city in Poland and prices reflect that. If you venture a little outside the Old Town, it is quite reasonable. In general, Krakow is quite reasonable as a city break within Europe. 

Check out the cost of living comparison for Krakow on Numbeo here.

Where To Stay In Krakow?

I would recommend staying at the edge of the Old Town between Old Town, Wawel Hill and Kazimierz. This way you will have access to public transport and you will be close to both hot spots of Krakow. There is no gay area in Krakow which was expected but no gaybourhood in Krakow doesn’t mean no gay places in the Krakow either.

How Many Days For Krakow?

Krakow is quite small and you can easily explore it in 2-3 days. I would recommend another half day for the visit to Auschwitz of a full day if you want to explore the salt mine as well with Auschwitz.

Is Krakow Safe?

Krakow is a very safe city especially int he touristy areas. The Old Town and the districts around are safe to walk around even at night.

Check out full crime stats about Krakow on Numbeo here.

Top Things To Do In Krakow

Krakow has quite a lot to offer and I had fun exploring around. These are my absolute favourite things to do.

  • Free Walking Tour
  • Old Town & Old Market Square
  • Wawel Hill
  • Kazimierz
  • Podgorze
  • Krakus Mound
  • Zakrzowec Quarry
  • Auschwitz 

To see complete details and hidden gems, check my article about Top Things To Do in Krakow.

Krakow might not be my favourite and quite touristy but it still has a lot to offer especially for this price.

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